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Screening and Panel Discussion via Zoom of “Chasing Coral,” a Documentary about the Global Coral Bleaching Events

October 15, 2020 at 4:00pm6:00pm EDT

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Chasing Coral, directed and filmed by Jeff Orlowski and produced by Larissa Rhodes and Exposure Labs Production, is the culmination of three years and 500+ hours of underwater footage from over 30 countries.

Chasing Coral taps into the collective will and wisdom of an ad man, a self-proclaimed coral nerd, top-notch camera designers, and renowned marine biologists as they invent the first time-lapse camera to record bleaching events as they happen. Unfortunately, the effort is anything but simple, and the team doggedly battles technical malfunctions and the force of nature in pursuit of their golden fleece: documenting the indisputable and tragic transformation below the waves. With its breathtaking photography, nail-biting suspense, and startling emotion, Chasing Coral is a dramatic revelation that won’t have audiences sitting idle for long.

Join us for a post-film discussion with Professors Linda Ivany and Tripti Bhattacharya, and graduate student Jessie McCraw, from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.  Professor Ivany is an evolutionary paleobiologist interested in relationships among ecology, evolution, and environment over time in marine systems.  Professor Bhattacharya is a climate scientist who uses past instances of climate change as ‘natural experiments’ to understand the response of the atmosphere-ocean system to external forcing.  And Jessie McCraw is a paleontologist currently researching coral responses to climate change using geochemistry and numerical models.

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This event was published on October 13, 2020.

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